The deadline for online applications for the first round of the U.S. government’s $7.2 billion program to provide broadband access to all Americans was extended to August 20 from August 14 because of technical problems caused by the high number of applicants, Reuters reports. Applicants who started the process using the online Easygrants System will be given until the close of business Thursday, August 20, the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said. Paper applications, however, are still due by Aug 14. The government is awarding $4 billion in loans and grants to applicants who meet certain criteria and compete for the funds. The money must be used to expand broadband infrastructure. Companies, schools, organizations, and state and local governments are eligible to apply…

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